IDB to help finance student loans in six Latin American countries

February 01, 2012
IDB loan to Higher Education Finance Fund will pave the way for increased student loans in Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help expand the access to higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a $10 million loan to the Higher Education Finance Fund, L.P. (HEFF), a regional debt fund that seeks to offer student loans through local microfinance organizations.

IDB closes $3.6 million syndicated loan to provide access to finance for smallholder farmers

July 05, 2011
As many as 10,000 small farmers in nine countries to benefit from IDB loan to FOPEPRO The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has closed a $3.6 million loan to provide access to finance for smallholder producer groups and farmers associations in nine Latin American countries through a loan to the “Fund for Small Rural Producers in Latin America” or “Fondo para los Pequeños Productores Rurales en América Latina (FOPEPRO)."

IDB releases its 2010 Development Effectiveness Report

March 23, 2011
Report evaluates Bank’s efforts in measuring its development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made strides to boost transparency, accountability and enhance the development impact of its investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the new edition of the IDB’s 2010 Development Effectiveness Overview.

Venture capital for low-income markets

February 26, 2009
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.

IDB Group supports Guatemalan bank's expansion into microfinance

December 10, 2008
The Inter-American Development Bank Group will provide up to US$70 million in loans to Banco G&T Continental (G&TC) of Guatemala to support the expansion of credit for microenterprises and small businesses. G&TC, Guatemala’s second largest commercial bank in terms of assets, started a “downscaling” process to serve microentrepreneurs in 2006 with assistance from the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund, a leader in promoting microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Dead capital” in 12 Latin American countries worth $1.2 trillion, according to report

June 12, 2006
Dwellings, rural properties and businesses in the informal or “extralegal” sector of 12 Latin American countries are worth more than $1.2 trillion, according to a report presented today at a conference at the Inter-American Development Bank. IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said the study on informality in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with other research on poverty conducted or sponsored by the Bank, will help guide a new development initiative, Building Opportunity for the Majority.

IDB launches initiative to generate economic opportunities for majority in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 06, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno today unveiled an initiative aimed at generating economic opportunities for low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean, who make up a majority of the region’s population. In a briefing held at the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and transmitted to field offices across the region, Moreno explained that the Building Opportunities for the Majority initiative will seek innovative solutions to help low-income people develop their economic potential and accumulate assets.

IDB to present new development initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean

June 01, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, June 6 to present a new initiative to promote economic opportunities for the low-income majority of Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where poverty and inequality levels have hardly changed over the past five decades.